January 29, 2023

Martha O'Kennon

This is a repeat of the January 29, 2023 email you received. A glitch in the server made it impossible to paste my pictures for this week to the server. How frustrating. Fortunately Justin Vaughn at the College's IT department showed me a kludge to corral those pictures and so we are now in business again. Thanks again Justin!

No Ants this week. No Aphids. No Bees or Beetles. But Barklice were there in egg form. And the poor hated Brown Marmorated Stink Bug visited us this week - indoors!

Outdoors there was a bit of life. The Coral Berries are still waiting for some Creature to come nibble their red beauty. Indoors Jadesy is still deciding whether or not to set flower buds. This is the time of year when her clone-mother used to set buds and suddenly bloom out loud! Click on the picture to see the lack of buds in the space between the leaves. Third here is the Hibiscus plant gathering strength to produce those gorgeous red flowers in the Summer.

Remember that there is information in the name of the file for each image. You can see it by mousing over the image - look at the lower left of the screen. Or you can click again on the image to get to the (usually) larger image. Then the info is displayed in the address line above. Sometimes the second click will actually display a different view of the original image.

Outdoors is lovely but wear your warm shoes! In the front yard, the Weeping Redbud is weeping snow! Out back the Big Redbud is in its winter finery. And the Weed Patch in the north garden even looks lovely now.

Tripper, atop the Cat tower, sees that Spooky is being given something cat-yummy. She heads down and fortunately this treat is something that she can eat with her toothless mouth.

The Pond still has the melted hole in the ice produced by the still-working floating heater. You can see Cat tracks in the snow at lower left. Picture 2: But look! There is the faintest fractal-looking design that seems to be centered at the heater. Picture 3 shows the fractal pattern that seems to be formed under the ice. I did some research into this phenomenon. There is a thing called "Pond Stars" that occurs about this time of year. Here is one article.


Thanks for being patient until I could find a way to download my pictures to the server.

Love, Martha

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